Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Alumnae Newsmakers

GW English's fabulous alumni continue to win award and make headlines. The latest: GW PhD Dolen Perkins-Valdez is this recipient of a First Novelist Award given by the Black Caucus of the American Library Association. The award, which was presented at the Association's recent San Diego meeting, honors Perkins-Valdez for Wench (HarperCollins, 2010).

According to the ALA, Wench "captures the complexities of the relationships between enslaved women and their masters in her debut novel.... Perkins-Valdez has written an engaging and thought-provoking novel which examines another aspect of complicated relationships resulting from slavery."  

Wench is now out in paperback. Congratulations,  Dolen!

And in other news, Anya Firestone (BA 2010) was recently profiled in an issue of the online Paris guide Bonjour Paris, where she was touted as an example of an artiste who has immersed herself in all things parisien. Check out the site to read about Anya's fabulous macaron statues--she is pictured with one here at the Jardin de Luxembourg--which pay artistic tribute to the French cookies.

Future GW writers, take note: The author of the piece found Firestone when she read an award-winning poem of hers published in the GW Review.

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